Policy paper

Adult safeguarding: updated statement of government policy

The government’s updated policy statement on safeguarding adults who are vulnerable to abuse and neglect.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Applies to England



The purpose of this document is to provide an update on the government’s policy on safeguarding adults vulnerable to abuse and neglect. It includes the statement of principles for Local Authority Social Services and housing, health, the police and other agencies to use, for both developing and assessing the effectiveness of their local safeguarding arrangements.

Published 8 May 2013
Last updated 29 August 2013 + show all updates
  1. Now includes an accessible, easy read version of the statement.

  2. First published.